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Vint Cerf: We Need to Make Room on the Net for All the Machines
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Vint Cerf: We Need to Make Room on the Net for All the Machines

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf said Internet Protocol's current support for about 4.3 billion distinct addresses at a time for online devices is insufficient...

Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet

Princeton University professor Jennifer Rexford recently was awarded the Athena Lecturer award by ACM's Council on Women in Computing. 

DARPA Is Looking for the Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Is Looking for the Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay

The Pentagon's blue-sky research program is looking for someone to create the ultimate hacker-proof messaging app. 

Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?
From ACM TechNews

Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?

Three studies have found tablet use effective in improving performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness by children in economically disadvantaged countries...

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes

Educators need to start earlier and set a strong foundation to resolve the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Brain Cartography: Modern-Day Explorers Are Mapping the Wiring of the Human Mind
From ACM News

Brain Cartography: Modern-Day Explorers Are Mapping the Wiring of the Human Mind

The brain can be both best friend and worst enemy.

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?
From ACM News

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?

When social-media users upload photographs and caption them, they don't just label their contents. They tell a story, which gives the photos context and additional...

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted
From ACM News

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted

End-to-end encryption by default is quickly becoming the new standard for any communications app that claims to care about the privacy of those who use it.

Silicon Photonics
From Communications of the ACM

Silicon Photonics: Ready to Go the Distance?

Processes for making CMOS chips are adapted for optical components.

Cybersecurity Gets Smart
From Communications of the ACM

Cybersecurity Gets Smart

Researchers aim to apply artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods to take cybersecurity to a new, higher, and better level.

Coding as Sport
From Communications of the ACM

Coding as Sport

Programming competitions help identify and reward those who excel in coding.

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?
From ACM News

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

ELIZA-like programs balance modern AI with decades-old database techniques.

Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome
From ACM News

Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome

The history of humanity, as we've read it through DNA, has been written largely by females.

U.S. Directs Cyberweapons at ISIS for First Time
From ACM News

U.S. Directs Cyberweapons at ISIS for First Time

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer...

For Michigan Professor, Computer Science Is Much More Than a Job
From ACM TechNews

For Michigan Professor, Computer Science Is Much More Than a Job

University of Michigan researchers have developed Sirius, an open platform for intelligent assistants such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Now. 

Regenstrief, IU Study Finds Machine Learning as Good as Humans' in Cancer Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

Regenstrief, IU Study Finds Machine Learning as Good as Humans' in Cancer Surveillance

Researchers say algorithms and open source machine-learning tools are as effective as human reviewers in detecting cancer cases using data from free-text pathology...

This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out of Thin Air
From ACM TechNews

This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out of Thin Air

The new Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform is  a combination sensor and computing chip that can operate without a battery or a wired power source. 

Why Early STEM Education Will Drive the U.S. Economy
From ACM TechNews

Why Early STEM Education Will Drive the U.S. Economy

The Obama administration is continuing its campaign to advance math and science education. 

On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders
From ACM News

On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders

On one end of a dock at America's busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide.

The Terminator and the Washing Machine
From ACM News

The Terminator and the Washing Machine

What the legendary matches between supercomputer Deep Blue and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov reveal about today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning...
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